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For the first time, a complete documentary of the mighty ahom kingdom of Assam, North East India will be aired on both Fox History and
National Geographic Channel".
Producer : Siddhrath Kak
First Telecast : September 03 - 2010
India's gateway to the Far East, the culture of Assam has been much influenced by the Tais, who established the
'Tai Ahom' dynasty that reigned for 600 years. This film examines the impact of the Tai Ahom dynasty on Assamese culture,
religion and lifestyle. It visits their architectural legacy and speaks about the descendants of the Ahoms, who have
added a distinctly oriental weave to the tapestry that is India.
The documentary has the beautiful footage of vital places covering Indo-Myanmar border, Patkai hill, ths historic
Rong Ghar, Kareng ghar, Talatal Ghar and Sivasagar, Joysagar pukhuri etc. The documentary aims at focusing the historical remains of the 600 year long glorious
period of the Ahoms. The documentary also features various elements of Assamese culture.
The documentary is part of a television series called "Colors of India", produced by Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) and Surabhi Foundation.
It comprises four documentaries cataloguing the cultural and ecological heritage of the country.
Liberally supported by the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC), the documentaries are based on different
geographical areas and different periods of time. The documentaries will be aired on Fox History and National Geogrpahic Channel and
will also be disseminated to over 500 schools throughout the country.
Brajen Kumar Handique would be seen in the role of founder Ahom King Sargadeo Sukapha.
It's only Jahnu Barua who can think of rescuing more than a century old real life hero from the footnotes of history
to silver screen. Barua's tale of heroism - it is crafted out of the conflicting memories of the people of Sarupathar,
Jorhat district, some of whom knew Kushal Konwar in person has a refreshingly novel spin. Kuhkhal presents the political
hero as a victim of history, as an ordinary man who cannot turn his back on his Gandhian principles even as the hangman's
noose dangles over his head.
Kuhkhal, produced by the Assam government's department of cultural affairs, was commissioned in 1984 by the then state
chief minister, Hiteshwar Saikia. Barua, an FTII graduate, had just made his first film, Aparoopa. Before Kuhkhal could
get off the ground, the Asom Gana Parishad ousted the Congress from power and the project was all but abandoned. It was
in the early '90s that the Rs 60-lakh project was revived once again.
Barua's perseverance has paid off. He has come up with a film that tells its epic tale of sacrifice and courage without
losing sight of its thematic core - the clash between an alien power structure which is on the way out and a people
clamouring for freedom. And Kushal Konwar (first-time actor Sanjib Sabhapandit), a member of Assam's most powerful royal
clan, has to pay the price of freedom as Humphrey (played by Bombay-based American actor Gary Richardson) delivers a
desperate final blow on behalf of the Empire by signing the former's death warrant.
The film has won hearts of critics across the country. It is selected for screening in the prestigious Nehru Center, London on
the occassion of 64th Independence of India.
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